TICKER: West Nile Virus: State of emergency declared in Dallas, Texas

The mayor of Dallas admitted that the city is searching for quick solutions to a recent outbreak of the West Nile Virus that has the city in a panic.  A state of emergency has been declared, and officials are taking the matter very seriously.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that more cases of the West Nile Virus have been reported this year than any year since the disease was discovered. Nearly half of the 693 cases this year have been in Texas, and 14 of the 26 deaths have been confirmed by the federal government.

Mayor Mike Rawlings and his state of emergency declaration are clearing the path for more decisive action by city officials.  A pesticide spraying is set to begin next week.  There are also sprayings taking place in New York City, Sacramento and other cities across the country.

“We are on track to have the worst year ever for West Nile virus in Texas,” said Christine Mann, a spokeswoman for the Texas health department.

Experts are saying that the warm climate in Texas may play a role in why the number of cases is so high this year.  The disease is passed via mosquito bites.

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